First students begin HDip in Arts in Journalism and New Media Content


first students begin hdip in arts in journalism and new media contentThe first cohort of students officially commenced their studies this week on the new level 8 Higher Diploma in Arts in Journalism and New Media Content, jointly delivered by Institute of Technology Carlow and Carlow College.

The course is fully booked with 19 students enrolled on the one-year programme. Students were welcomed on Tuesday evening to Carlow College where they will undertake their first semester; the second semester will be delivered at IT Carlow.  

The HDip in Arts  in Journalism and New Media Content is the only third-level journalism course in the south east, covering subjects such as news gathering and reporting, feature writing, digital journalism and storytelling, media law, values and ethics, broadcasting and media entrepreneurship. The programme is part-funded by Carlow/Kilkenny Skillnet, a crucial element in facilitating access to the programme.  

Commenting on the start of the new course, Dr Joseph Collins, Head of the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at IT Carlow said, “It is wonderful to work with Carlow College in delivering this much-needed programme. I believe that a qualification such as this in journalism and new media content, with its emphasis on practical skills, knowledge and ethics, has never been more important or more timely. Carlow is once again leading the way in developing and delivering innovative programmes and is ideally placed to become a centre of journalistic excellence in the greater Leinster area” 

Helen Maher, Vice-President of Carlow College, St Patrick’s added, “It’s fantastic to see this collaboration between Carlow College and IT Carlow come to fruition. These students are in a unique position to draw on the academic expertise of two higher education institutions to gain knowledge, skills and competencies that will enhance existing careers and create new opportunities in the dynamic and evolving fields of journalism and new media.” 

Ashling Ward, Network Manager with Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet, commented,  “We are delighted to see this new programme take off with its very first class of students. This has been a successful collaboration between ourselves and both IT Carlow and Carlow College, St. Patrick’s. The programme’s practical element, including lectures from industry experts like Conal O’Boyle, makes it particularly attractive as an industry-led initiative for our region for our students to engage with. We wish the students well.” 

The higher diploma runs from September until May 2022, over two evenings a week, as well as a number of Saturdays across the year. Teaching will be a hybrid of face to face and online classes. 

To find out more or register your interest in the next course, contact the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at Institute of Technology Carlow at Carlow College at or Carlow/Kilkenny Skillnet at